A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents . . . Full Quote Inside

February 18, 2016, 11:11 pm

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I see what you are saying, Dave. I definitely agree with the public thing. Being uninformed, or rather having people beimg uninformed, is a great power.

4 years ago

While I can understand the spirit of the quote, and there have been times in history that it was accurate, the majority of scientific revolutions happen much faster than generations passing could account for. In his time, it was more difficult to spread ideas. Sharing data on the scale we have today was impossible.

That said, there is definitely truth to this statement when applied to the general public. Most of us, myself included, are not sufficiently versed in the theories and research to parse cutting edge research and must therefore to some extent trust the explanations and conclusions of those conducting the research. Those that do not trust new information even when it is backed by overwhelming evidence will continue to resist those conclusions until they are replaced in society. This happened to heliocentricity, and has largely happened with evolution, though there is still resistance. Other topics, such as climate change, are also backed by overwhelming evidence, agreed upon by 97% of scientists, but still resisted by many people.

4 years ago

I feel like this applies to many more topics than just science.

4 years ago

"A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it" ---- Max Planck

4 years ago
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